Members make BGSG what it is.

I continually reflect and review, all aspects of BGSG.

Founding and running the charity has been a rich learning curve for all of us involved, and it continues to evolve.

There are no hidden agendas, no membership fees just an empathy for all family members who find themselves estranged from a precious person.

Over the last 8 years it would be fair to say that I have had some severe knocks along the way, sometimes when people are in so much turmoil you can be at the receiving end of their anger, dealing with that and excepting that will happen occasionally has and can still cause me personally a great deal of sadness.

Social media is a must in our modern day life, it is the only way to enable us to reach as many grandparents as possible, it is a great tool when used the right way.

When you set up a forum or FB/Twitter ect group, it is a really good way of allowing people at any time of the day or night to have instant access to support. It is vital that all members feel welcomed immediately, and gain support from others, one problem that can occur is that by the nature of social media, some people will take more of an active role than others,even those who don’t comment I know gain huge support from reading what others have to say,we also try to lift everyones spirits and share a laugh or two. Just because we are all going through such a difficult time doesn’t mean that all aspects of our lives must go on hold, we must be able to smile, laugh and have fun.

What’s the alternative?

On occasions I have been criticised for it feeling like a ‘clique,’ nothing could be further from the truth and was never ┬ámy intention, everyone is looking for something different within a support group, and maybe the support we offer is not the sort of support some are looking for at that particular time of their lives.

As I have written before we are all at different stages of our grief, stages that everyone has to work through, in my experience our behaviour, our reactions and our needs vary at every stage, so sometimes people have to be at the right stage for them to gain from being a member of a support group.

BGSG, in all its forms, will always be here ready and willing to hold out that stabilising hand when you are ready.

The compassion and care that comes from the members of BGSG is outstanding, it is the members of the group that make it work, members that just ‘get it.’

Members come from all walks of life, they are from all over the world, they are BGSG, they all have different ideas, different thoughts and they all are very valued members of our community.





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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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